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Den sorte drøm (1911)

Two men of high rank are both wooing the beautiful and famous equestrian acrobat Stella. While Stella ignores the jeweler Hirsch, she accepts Count von Waldberg's offer to follow her home, ... See full summary »

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Hofjuveler A. Hirsch
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Mary Hagen
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Two men of high rank are both wooing the beautiful and famous equestrian acrobat Stella. While Stella ignores the jeweler Hirsch, she accepts Count von Waldberg's offer to follow her home, where she falls in his arms. At her party some days later Hirsch turns up uninvited. He says he wants to give Stella a piece of jewelry, but she repulses his advances. When Waldberg sees this he knocks Hirsch down. Hirsch challenges him to a duel by cards. Waldberg loses all his money, and in the end also has to sign a promissory note on 85.000, which should be paid within 24 hours. To help Waldberg solve his debt Stella goes to Hirsch to receive the brooch he has promised her. While he turns away, she steals a precious necklace from him, but he happens to see the theft in a mirror. He tails her to a park, where he sees Stella giving the necklace to Waldberg. Hirsch tells Stella to come to him at midnight, if she wants him to be silent about the theft. When Waldberg finds out that Stella is going to... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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24 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I've seen a few Danish silent films from the 1910s now, and it seems many of them, if not most of them, are pretty much the same. They're sensational melodramas involving a tragic woman, vamp or femme fatal type character, in addition to the good guy and the bad guy. And, there's usually a circus involved. This film, "The Black Dream", contains all of that. I find it interesting to compare these films as a genre study.

"The Black Dream" is a weak entry. The two stars of this one, Asta Nielsen and Valdemar Psilander, made similar films during their careers. They seem to overact more than usual here. The camera is static, as usual then, although the scene dissection is decent for 1911. There are some noticeable moments of unpolished film-making. One scene, I think, actually ends a second or two after the director had called cut. Overall, the film dawdles.

One thing to look for, though: the use of a mirror in one scene to show action otherwise out of frame. This idea was taken further by August Bloom in another film from 1911, "Temptations of a Great City" (Ved Fængslets Port).


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